Winnipeggers have been asked to offer their opinions about the development of two large parcels of vacant land near The Forks.
The Forks Renewal Corp. will hold a pair of workshops next week about the future of the city-owned parking lot known as Parcel Four as well as the Railside site, a Forks-owned lot to the immediate south.
The 2.4-hectare Parcel Four is a gravel parking lot at the southwest corner of Waterfront Drive and William Stephenson Way, south of Shaw Park and west of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. It was set aside for future Forks development needs - and later, those of the human rights museum - after the realignment of William Stephenson Way in the 1990s.
Up until 2008, Parcel Four was leased to Riverside Park Management, which sublet the lot to the Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball club. The lot was then considered as a site for a hotel and water park and was to be sold to an Alberta developer in 2012. Public opposition to that deal effectively killed the proposal at city council.
In the aftermath, the city asked The Forks to develop a planning framework for both Parcel Four and the Railside site, which sits south of York Avenue and west of Waterfront Drive. The 2.5-hectare Railside site has been eyed for residential development.
Public workshops about the parcels of land will be held at The Forks Market from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19 and Thursday, June 20. The Forks is asking anyone planning to attend to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The aim of the workshops will be to determine what sort of public space should be built into the sites, Forks CEO Jim August said.
Development will work around the public space, rather than vice versa, he said.